NYC & Company has announced its 2016 tourism forecast, with the city expected to welcome a high of 59.7 million visitors, making it the seventh consecutive year for record-breaking tourism. “Every corner of New York City is full of diverse cultures, art, entertainment and performing arts,” said New York mayor Bill de Blasio. “It is not surprising – but still exciting – to know that 2016 will be yet another record breaking year for tourism.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC & Company today announced that 2015 was the sixth consecutive year for record-breaking tourism, with the city welcoming an estimated 58.3 million visitors last year, an increase of 1.8 million visitors over a year ago. Visitation for 2015 comprised 46 million domestic and 12.3 million international visitors, both all-time highs.
NYC & Company has unveiled the newest iteration of its Make it NYC meetings and conventions marketing campaign at IMEX America 2015, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events. The campaign includes refreshed branding and advertising incorporating a new tagline, “Meet Where You Want to Be.”
Alongside vice president Joe Biden, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a plan to redesign New York-LGA in partnership with Delta. Rendering of upgraded LGA: “This is what New Yorkers deserve and have deserved for a long time,” Cuomo said at a luncheon hosted by the Association for a Better New York. “And now we’re going to get it.”
New York governor Cuomo has been joined by US vice president Joe Biden to unveil the vision for the comprehensive redesign of LaGuardia Airport. Under the plans, the airport will be transformed into a single, structurally unified main terminal with expanded transportation access, significantly increased taxiway space and best-in-class passenger amenities. Construction on the first half of the new unified terminal, expected to be a $4 billion project that creates 8,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs, will be managed by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, a new public private partnership chosen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build the project.
Seven people have been killed in New York City after a train crashed into a car late on Tuesday night. The train, heading north, hit a Jeep Cherokee at a railroad crossing in Valhalla, about 20 miles outside of the city.
New York City’s five boroughs are home to some of the world’s most recognisable, cherished landmarks and attractions. From Times Square and Central Park to the Empire State Building and MOMA, the island of Manhattan packs more famous icons into one compact area than any other place on earth; and that’s to say nothing of the City’s four other boroughs - The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole visits to see if the self-proclaimed ‘greatest city on earth’ lives up to the hype.
NYC & Company is casting the spotlight on the popular Brooklyn neighbourhood of Williamsburg in this month’s Neighborhood x Neighborhood feature, introducing visitors to the best places to stay, eat, shop and explore. The Williamsburg guide is enhanced with a short video including local tips on the places that make the neighbourhood distinct and enjoyable for tourists to explore.
New York city, state, and federal officials have joined with Friends of the High Line to celebrate the realisation of a dream to preserve the full length of the High Line, from Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District, north to 34th Street, where the historic rail line terminates at Hudson Yards. The opening of the northernmost section marks 15 years of advocacy for Friends of the High Line, which began in 1999 when Joshua David and Robert Hammond, two neighbourhood residents, had a vision to preserve the High Line and create a new, innovative public space for New Yorkers and visitors.
Commuters walking through St Pancras International will see stars and stripes today as the station celebrates partnering with one of the world’s most famous train stations - Grand Central Terminal in New York. As well as marking the first transatlantic station twinning, the partnership sees two internationally recognised landmarks, Grand Central Terminal and St Pancras International, join forces share information and host themed events.
New York mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the appointment of Fred Dixon as chief executive of NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation. Dixon will succeed George Fertitta who stepped down earlier this year.
Marriott International and G Holdings have announced the opening of an iconic addition to the New York City skyline, a combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The $320 million tallest single-use hotel in North America is located at 1717 Broadway.